Royer Labs R-121

Ribbon Microphone

  • Directional characteristic: Figure 8
  • Extremely low inherent noise
  • Ribbon element insensitive to heat and moisture
  • Ideal for guitar recordings, wind instruments, overheads and string instruments
  • Frequency range: 30 Hz - 15 kHz +/- 3 dB
  • Sensitivity: -54 dBv re. 1 V/pa +/- 1 dB
  • Output impedance: 300 Ohm @ 1 k (nominal)
  • Maximum SPL: > 135 dB
  • Length: 158 mm
  • Diameter: 25 mm
  • Weight: 245 g
  • Colour: Nickel
  • Incl. wooden box and protective cover
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Johnnyalucard, 16.04.2018
Royer mics are the standard bearers for ribbon microphones and the R-121 is the daddy of them all. Incredible quality and they sound impeccable.

I use them on virtually any source apart from vocals where I'm slightly nervous of putting them anywhere near the vocalists mouth in case they blow on the ribbon!

Incredibly versatile, a thing of beauty, and paired with a good mic pre one of the all time classic recording devices.
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Antoine5150, 27.07.2011
Bought recently, it is my first micro ribbon. I was looking for a microphone that would restore the sound of a guitar amp as best as possible without this aggressive side of the SM57 or "over-detailed" a good static.
It is incredible, the R121 displays an unusual personality: the sound is ample precise, velvety and devoid of any aggressiveness. The difficulty lies in its optimal placement, it takes a little time to find it. In the studio, I couple it to a TLM103 which will bring a little more attack, but the mix finally includes about 70% R121 and 30% TLM103.
Tested on a piano too, the Royer is perfect: its direction in 8 provides a wide sound and again very soft without being "deaf". Perfect to overcome the excessive shine of some pianos like the Yamaha C3 for example.
I have not had the opportunity to test it again on brass or strings. It seems that he does wonders there too.
An excellent microphone with very strong personality but which is a real "more" in a studio park.
The only negative: no worthy suspension provided with (just a tiny clip). Shame about the price ...
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